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Selling Used Shoes - Do's and Don'ts for Thrift Stores - Part 2

Updated on October 1, 2015

Cleaning & Prepping your shoes

This is what you need volunteers for.

Have them clean up the shoes that are sell-able but just need a little TLC to make it to your sales floor.

If you have shoes that are good condition but smell. Use something like Fabreeze on the inside and let them dry overnight. If they still smell, you're gonna have to bite the bullet and salvage unless you want your entire sales floor smelling like nasty shoes.

A scrub brush and a little soapy water goes along way.

Pricing shoes -These are the best ways without permanently damaging the shoe

You can write on the bottom with permanent marker. Goo Gone will take this off.
You can write on the bottom with permanent marker. Goo Gone will take this off. | Source
Or you can use tamper proof stickers.
Or you can use tamper proof stickers. | Source
Or you can just make them all the same price. But we sure to add the disclaimer.
Or you can just make them all the same price. But we sure to add the disclaimer. | Source

How much should you price?

That folks is the 64,000 question.

There are whole books written on pricing products. I'm not going to reinvent that wheel.

Just know that you can only price according to what the market in that neighborhood will bear. So for those who are branching out and expect to price two stores exactly the same. Think again. Unless you plunk your stores into identical neighborhoods. Identical pricing strategies will not work. I've seen this first hand. Here in Florida, what sells well in one neighborhood may not sell at the same price in another neighborhood. I lost a job over trying to get this fact across to "managers". You have to be willing to bend and flow with the market.

Do's and Don'ts for Displaying Shoes

Invest in some good quality shoe racks.
Invest in some good quality shoe racks. | Source
Make sure the racks stay neat.
Make sure the racks stay neat. | Source
Arrange by color or by style to give a neater appearance.
Arrange by color or by style to give a neater appearance. | Source
Please, don't ever face your shoes against a blank wall. Look what happens. Everyone forgets they are there. Plus that back wall is wasted space. And can you say "hello steal me "
Please, don't ever face your shoes against a blank wall. Look what happens. Everyone forgets they are there. Plus that back wall is wasted space. And can you say "hello steal me " | Source

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      James 2 years ago from The Eastern Bypass

      It is a good business idea. Considering the fact many people have shoes that they are using and are ready to make cash from them. Then there are those who do not have enough cash to buy high quality new shoes.

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